For the comforts of mom’s kitchen, look to Ripe Eatery. Ripe, a west-side local hidden gem, offers West Texas comfort food—a southerner’s twist on international cuisine—fresh sandwiches, hearty salads and creative entrees. How ‘bout a pecan-crusted salmon fillet over creamy pesto risotto, or a local beef burger with green chili, or a cornbread stuffed pork chop? Weekend brunch features Ripe’s famous funnel-cake-battered French toast, smothered in sweet black cherries; fluffy buttermilk-wheat pancakes; a selection of egg benedict dishes; and innovative omelettes and scrambles. Ripe is vegan, vegetarian (best veggie burger ever) and gluten-free friendly. Happy hour: Mon–Fri 4–6 p.m. Live music Thurs/Sat evenings.